Morrison must fully fund terminal upgrade

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has today called on the Federal government to take the Bendigo Airport terminal upgrade seriously, after it was announced $300 000 would be allocated to the Bendigo Airport under Round 2 of the Regional Airports Program.

The City of Greater of Bendigo is seeking $4.3 million to upgrade the Bendigo Airport terminal to ensure it is able to keep up with its growing demand.

“While any funding for the Bendigo Airport is welcome, the Morrison government’s announcement today simply isn’t good enough,” Ms Chesters said.

“The construction of a helicopter stand and fuel truck area is important, but it is not the terminal upgrade that we so desperately need.”

Figures last month released by the City of Greater Bendigo predict that over 240,000 people will be using the Bendigo Airport by 2030. The terminal needs an expansion if it services more than 30,000 passengers each year.

“$300 000 is a drop in the ocean of what is needed to allow the Bendigo Airport to grow.

Now, more than ever, an upgraded terminal is needed as our region rebounds from lockdowns.

“People want to come to Bendigo. Upgrading the Bendigo Airport will allow more people, from more places to experience our region.

“I will continue to fight for the Bendigo Airport and ensure we get the funding that is needed to get this upgrade done,” Ms Chesters said.